Monterey California

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Monterey is a 2+ hour drive from San Francisco. We periodically travel to Monterey and nearby Pacific Grove to take in the beautiful scenery, and of course, to visit some wineries in Carmel Valley. Oh yes, and to eat at nice restaurants (not the San Francisco’s restaurants aren’t great!) Our summer 2019 trip was no [Read more …]

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park

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Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, while created at different times and technically separate, are contiguous in the Southern Sierra Mountains. They contain magnificent sequoia trees are easily visited together. Kings Canyon Kings Canyon has three radically different sections, the: Canyon, for which the park is named. The canyon is the deepest in the country, [Read more …]

Anderson Valley Barrel Tasting 2019

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In case you haven’t figured it out yet, we are passionate about wine. On any trip,we always scout out local wine regions to educate ourselves and our readers about wines, wine events and wine regions. Living in San Francisco, some of the best wine regions and events are close to home. Just two hours north [Read more …]

Italian Wine Week: San Francisco 2019

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It was that time of year! In a four-day period in March 2019, San Francisco is home to three premier that are exclusively (or in the case of the third, primarily) Italian wines. If you love Italian wines, we probably saw you. And if you don’t live in San Francisco, fear not because these events [Read more …]

Premier Napa Valley Tastings—February 2019

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Premier Napa Valley (PNV) is an interesting event. Wine sellers, including retailers and restaurateurs, as well as members of the wine trade and media descend upon Napa Valley to primarily taste new vintage Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons and one-of-a-kind limited production wines. It is a four-day event filled with an opportunity to mingle with vintners [Read more …]

Australian Wine Winter Trade Tasting

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Australian Wines The annual Australian Wine Winter Trade Tasting recently came to San Francisco. It took place at the pretty, The Pearl in the Dogpatch area. The event provided a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about and sample a wide range of Australian wines from most of the country’s dozens of wine regions—many of [Read more …]

Silver Oak Winery Release Party 2019

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Sunday, February 2, 2019, was not only the day before Super Bowl Sunday, it was also the day of a Silver Oak release party in Oakville California. The long-awaited day was for the official release of the Silver Oak 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet. The day itself was rainy with periodic downpours that flooded the vineyards. [Read more …]

A Grand Tasting of Bordeaux Grand Crus

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Bordeaux is a famous wine region in France that is mostly associated with red wine blends. But it also produces some delicious Sauvignon Blanc white blends and Sauternes. The Gironde Estuary divides the region into a Left Bank area and a Right Bank area. Each region has different terroir, style and character. [Read more …]

Finger Lakes New York

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Traveling around the Finger Lakes Central New York has a series of lakes which look like fingers from the air—well, maybe a lot of fingers. No surprise that this area is called the Finger Lakes Region. We grew up not far from this area (Syracuse New York) and have visited it several times. This time [Read more …]

Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada

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Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada It had been 7 years since our last visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake Canada. This lovely, historic town on the shore of Lake Ontario is the home to Ontario’s wine region, the George Bernard Shaw Theater Festival and a number of credible, if not especially memorable, restaurants. The Victorian-era, tourist-centric town retains its charm even [Read more …]